Mom Who Tried to Poison Her Kids With NyQuil Gets Probation

A Franklin, Tennessee, mother received probation after being accused of the attempted murder of her three children. The probation will be lifted and her record will be expunged if she makes it through the five-year watch period without a problem, according to the Tennessean.

Nelsondra Watson pled guilty on Wednesday to three counts of "attempted adulteration of food or liquid" for attempting to poison her children's drinks with a mix of NyQuil and Lexapro in April 2018. Two of her children were adults and one was a minor at the time of the incident. All three children survived. Watson called a doctor as soon as they regained consciousness. The doctor then dispatched the police.

Watson was first indicted on the charges of attempted murder among others in early 2019, according to the Tennessean. A police report by Franklin police claimed Watson planned to kill herself after her children. Watson had a history of mental illness before the April 2018 crime, according to court records.

NyQuil cold medicine containing dextromethorphan is offered for sale at a retail store December 05, 2006 in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty

NyQuil is a common over-the-counter cold medication and Lexapro is a prescribed medication most commonly used to treat generalized anxiety disorder. The two should never be mixed due to the possibility of extreme, fatal consequences, according to WebMd.

Though Watson pled guilty to tampering with food or drink some of her children said they think she's not guilty. In letters written to the courts, two of the three said they believed a medication change that could have triggered her abnormal behavior in letters written to the courts. They explained their mother had begun taking a new antidepressant.

Mario and Alonzo Watson said they believe their mother is not guilty. "I trust her with my life, and I know that she would not intentionally harm me or my siblings," Mario explained, as reported by the Tennessean in August. "She has been a major influence in all of our lives. I believe the medication is at fault. Everything only started falling apart after the medicine came into play which was given to her for her depression."

Alonzo echoed the point. "I'm writing to say she isn't guilty," he said. "I believe her depression came from living with our father. I recently found out that the side effects of the medication she was on caused suicidal tendencies. I have come to the conclusion that her depression came from the medication."

Watson's probation requires her to avoid both physical and violent contact with her children and her mother.

There are a few possible discrepancies in Watson's case. First, the Tennessean reported a search warrant for the home-produced no NyQuil or Lexapro. Watson's attorney alleged that Watson was also never read her Miranda rights during her arrest.

"In its response to the discovery in this matter, the state has produced no evidence that tends to corroborate Mrs. Watson's statements made while she was awaiting admission to a psychiatric treatment facility," attorney Richard Strong wrote in an August motion to dismiss the trial. "Because of the lack of corroboration, this court should exclude those statements for being untrustworthy."